This weekend on a shoestring

This weekend, mix it up a little. Have some ice cream (free) and crafts (free) with your music (free, cheap, under $5). There’s a little something for everything in this round up, from fiction readings and Civil War reenactments to modern dance and indie-pop (check out Shod My Feet, pictured, on Saturday).

Friday, June 5
• Kick off the weekend early (say, 2-4 p.m.) with poetry and picking on the front porch of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The Buddy Davis Band plays: “Bring a chair, pack a lunch and join in the fun.” Free.

• For what it’s worth, Asheville experimental group The Falconeers list a show at a West Asheville Community party. Here are the deets: “Bomberoo West Asheville Gig- 5th Street Michigin West Asheville community party 4pm to 2am bring a blanket and party huge grassy yard and are booking acts to play.”

• The June Art Walk in downtown Asheville runs from 5-8 p.m., with new exhibits at American Folk Art & Framing, Gallery Minerva, Woolworth Walk and others.

Asheville Green Drinks group meets for socializing, cocktails and a presentation on “Anti-Drought Solutions” with Sherry Ingram, professional geologist. BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave., Asheville), 6:30 p.m.

• Author Elizabeth Cunningham reads from her new novel Bright Dark Madonna (in her trilogy about Mary Magdalene). Malaprops (55 Haywood St., Asheville, 254-6734). 7 p.m., free.

• One-woman show One Tough Cookie performs at Firestorm Cafe. 8 p.m., free.

• Funk-soul-hip-hop act Jaystorm performs an acoustic set at Stir Fry Cafe (1829 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, 505-4934). 8 p.m.

• Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre holds performances of The Physics of Happy Hour at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. at at BeBe Theatre (20 Commerce St., Asheville, 254-2621). Shows are ticketed, but the 8:15 intermission (which includes a dance) held outside the theater is free.

• Party band The Sharkadelics performs a standing date at The Hangar. 9:45 p.m., $5.

• Raleigh’s Airiel Down plays a startling mix of pretty prog rock and metal-tinged hard rock. Catch a free show at Wild Wing. 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 6
• The 12th Annual Black Mountain Arts and Crafts Show (demos, food and music, 65 booths of juried work) runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Black Mountain. Free. (669-4814). Free.

• Here’s what’s up: Ice cream, clowns, balloon animals, face painting, and bluegrass group Me & The Boys. It’s all part of the free Ice Cream Social, held at the Flat Rock Village Hall (692-2929) from noon-4 p.m. Do a bring a chair; don’t bring a pet.

•  Confederate and Union armies reenact the “Skirmish at Warm Springs Encampment,” at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa (622-7676). 1 p.m., free.

Juan Hollladay, front man of Secret B-Sides, performs solo at Howard St. Handmade Bonanza, an indie-craft fair (227 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Juan takes the stage at 2 p.m., free.

Horseshoe Productions and Steep Winding Road turn Pritchard Park into a psychedelic free-for-all. The outdoor show starts at 6 p.m. and is, yep, free.

• New on the scene Shod My Feet (pictured) play jazzy indie-pop. Catch their 9 p.m. gig at Mike’s Sidepocket for a mere $2.

• Americana act The Honeycutters put in a 9 p.m. appearance at Westville Pub. $5 at the door.

• Worth seeing—don’t let the name put you off: Sophisticated Chimps— a talented, gorgeously-harmonizing trio—at Mo Daddy’s. 10 p.m. for a promised small cover.

• Better to dance to than to eat: Acid Casserole gets cooking late-night at Emerald Lounge. Forty Furies shares the bill. 10 p.m., $5.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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2 thoughts on “This weekend on a shoestring

  1. Julie

    Don’t forget Montford Park Players free production of “A Midsummers Nights Dream” opening this weekend. MPP will have a free show going every single weekend all summer long. Did I mention that the productions are FREE??? For more information go to

  2. swans should speak

    Also playing this weekend is Lollipop Factory (experimental pop from Ohio) and Solito (art punk) play the Rocket Club on Saturday night, the 6th.

    Isn’t Asheville wonderful?!?!?!?

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